AGG1, World of Asphalt shows canceled

By |  November 5, 2020
AGG1 2019 drew more people than any in the history of the 10-year venture. Photo courtesy of World of Asphalt

AGG1 2019 drew more people than any in the history of the show, but the 2021 version of the show will not take place in Nashville, Tennessee, due to the pandemic. Photo: World of Asphalt

AGG1 Academy & Expo and the World of Asphalt Show & Conference will not be held in 2021 due to ongoing concerns related to the pandemic, the shows’ executive committee announced.

The decision was reached after discussions between leadership from show co-owners, including the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Stone Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). Feedback from exhibitors, attendees and stakeholders factored in to the decision, as well.

“Together we made the difficult decision to not hold World of Asphalt and AGG1 in 2021 in Atlanta,” says Audrey Copeland, president and CEO of NAPA. “The health and safety of all participants in the show is our highest priority, and with the status of the pandemic in the U.S., we believe the responsible choice is to not hold the show in 2021 and focus our sights on 2022 in Nashville.

The next in-person AGG1 and World of Asphalt is planned for March 29-31, 2022, at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“World of Asphalt and AGG1 attracts more than 10,000 individuals to an indoor space,” says Michael Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA. “Given continued uncertainty around travel and restrictions of events at indoor facilities, the executive committee felt it was prudent to not host the show in early 2021.”

Exhibitors were offered the opportunity to transfer exhibit space funds to the 2022 Nashville show, or to receive a full refund.

“We appreciate the ongoing support of our exhibitors and past attendees,” says Brittany Weltcheff, AGG1 and World of Asphalt  show manager. “The show has always provided a productive face-to-face experience and valuable learning opportunities, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville in 2022.”

NAPA and AEM are currently exploring the option of offering an all-digital education conference in 2021. Also, attendee registration for the 2022 show in Nashville will open in the fall of 2021.

AGG1 and World of Asphalt are held annually except in ConExpo-Con/Agg years. The last AGG1 and World of Asphalt shows were held in 2019 in Indianapolis.

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